Creepy and erotic Russian film posters of the Imperial era

Married by Satan (1917) Director: Viacheslav Viskovskii A witch helps Elena to bewitch a beloved man, and Satan marries them.

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Creepy and erotic Russian film posters of the Imperial era

Married by Satan (1917) Director: Viacheslav Viskovskii A witch helps Elena to bewitch a beloved man, and Satan marries them.

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Made in Crimea: Nevecherniaia

The next installment in our section ‘Made in Crimea’ is dedicated to legendary Marlen Khutsiev’s uncompleted new film Nevecherniaia.

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Made in Crimea: Nevecherniaia

The next installment in our section ‘Made in Crimea’ is dedicated to legendary Marlen Khutsiev’s uncompleted new film Nevecherniaia.

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Paradzhanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates to be screened in London

On the 4th of June Londoners will have the chance to see The Colour of Pomegranates (1968) — a masterpiece of poetic storytelling by one of the most experimental directors of the Soviet Union, Sergei Paradzhanov.

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Paradzhanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates to be screened in London

On the 4th of June Londoners will have the chance to see The Colour of Pomegranates (1968) — a masterpiece of poetic storytelling by one of the most experimental directors of the Soviet Union, Sergei Paradzhanov.

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Screening of JULY RAIN with Marlen Khutsiev in person

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:30pm – 9:30pm PUSHKIN HOUSE Criticised for its artistry and ‘estestichnosti’ in the land of its birth, July Rain (Июльский Дождь, 1966, USSR) has since become a classic both in Russia and abroad, reflecting the mood of change in Moscow at the end of the thaw years.

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Screening of JULY RAIN with Marlen Khutsiev in person

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:30pm – 9:30pm PUSHKIN HOUSE Criticised for its artistry and ‘estestichnosti’ in the land of its birth, July Rain (Июльский Дождь, 1966, USSR) has since become a classic both in Russia and abroad, reflecting the mood of change in Moscow at the end of the thaw years.

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Cosmic Voyage (1935): Stalinist vision of the moon landing

Cosmic Voyage (Космический рейс,1935) is an absolutely hilarious Soviet movie about a lunar mission, in which an old bearded professor and his young and pretty female assistant spontaneously take a trip to the moon in a spaceship named Joseph Stalin.

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Cosmic Voyage (1935): Stalinist vision of the moon landing

Cosmic Voyage (Космический рейс,1935) is an absolutely hilarious Soviet movie about a lunar mission, in which an old bearded professor and his young and pretty female assistant spontaneously take a trip to the moon in a spaceship named Joseph Stalin.

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Made in Crimea: ASSA (1987)

The first installment in our new section ‘Made in Crimea’ is dedicated to ASSA (1987) – the example of the 1980s counter-cultural cinema and the ultimate Soviet rock music film.

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Made in Crimea: ASSA (1987)

The first installment in our new section ‘Made in Crimea’ is dedicated to ASSA (1987) – the example of the 1980s counter-cultural cinema and the ultimate Soviet rock music film.

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OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Cosmonautics Party in London

Are you a fan of bizarre Soviet sci-fi, gigantic hot dogs and theremin music? Then join us on Wednesday, April 2, for an unforgettable party with films, music and food inspired by the Space Race era. Lydia Kavina, the legendary Russian theremin player, heads the bill.

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OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Cosmonautics Party in London

Are you a fan of bizarre Soviet sci-fi, gigantic hot dogs and theremin music? Then join us on Wednesday, April 2, for an unforgettable party with films, music and food inspired by the Space Race era. Lydia Kavina, the legendary Russian theremin player, heads the bill.

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SLOVO Festival Film Screenings – March 22-23

Join us this weekend for the two film screenings organised by Academia Rossica as part of Slovo – the annual Russian literature festival in London

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SLOVO Festival Film Screenings – March 22-23

Join us this weekend for the two film screenings organised by Academia Rossica as part of Slovo – the annual Russian literature festival in London

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OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Bed and Sofa (1927): Talk and screening

Banned in two continents after its release, Bed and Sofa (Третья Мещанская) portrays the story of a ménage à trois in a communal apartment of the post-revolutionary Moscow.

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OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Bed and Sofa (1927): Talk and screening

Banned in two continents after its release, Bed and Sofa (Третья Мещанская) portrays the story of a ménage à trois in a communal apartment of the post-revolutionary Moscow.

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Viy to scare the audiences once again

On January 30, 2014 Moscow hosted the premiere of Viy 3D, the newest screen adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story written in the first half of the XIX century.

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Viy to scare the audiences once again

On January 30, 2014 Moscow hosted the premiere of Viy 3D, the newest screen adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story written in the first half of the XIX century.

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Introducing the Russky London KinoKlub

Good news for all the Russian film lovers in London! Academia Rossica is launching its KinoKlub, a great opportunity to stay tuned with the new movie releases in Russia. On top of that, they are bringing the First UK Retrospective of the controversial filmmaker Aleksei Balabanov

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Introducing the Russky London KinoKlub

Good news for all the Russian film lovers in London! Academia Rossica is launching its KinoKlub, a great opportunity to stay tuned with the new movie releases in Russia. On top of that, they are bringing the First UK Retrospective of the controversial filmmaker Aleksei Balabanov

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Embrace the abyss: Favourites of the Moon (1984)

This insightful review of Otar Iosseliani’s Favourites of the Moon is courtesy of our today’s special guest writer Eugenia Ellanskaya.

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Embrace the abyss: Favourites of the Moon (1984)

This insightful review of Otar Iosseliani’s Favourites of the Moon is courtesy of our today’s special guest writer Eugenia Ellanskaya.

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Creepy moments in Russian Christmas fairy-tale films

Everyone knows that Russian Christmas is ten times scarier than Halloween, but few people know that Russian fairy-tale films, traditionally watched during the festive season, are inhabited by witches, devils and werewolfs and contain some really unsettling plot turns.

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Creepy moments in Russian Christmas fairy-tale films

Everyone knows that Russian Christmas is ten times scarier than Halloween, but few people know that Russian fairy-tale films, traditionally watched during the festive season, are inhabited by witches, devils and werewolfs and contain some really unsettling plot turns.

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Six simple facts about Necrorealism

AVANT-GARDE Originated in the 1980s, Necrorealism was the first Soviet cinematic avant-garde since the 1920s. The name of the new Eisenstein was Yevgeny Yufit.

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Six simple facts about Necrorealism

AVANT-GARDE Originated in the 1980s, Necrorealism was the first Soviet cinematic avant-garde since the 1920s. The name of the new Eisenstein was Yevgeny Yufit.

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OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Necrorealism: underground Soviet films to be shown in London

If you are in London and you love experimental and bizarre cinema, join us for the event dedicated to Necrorealism, the most shocking art and cinema movement of the late Soviet era. An exquisitely disturbing selection of short films will be screened, followed by a discussion, drinks and music.

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OBSKURA FILM EVENT: Necrorealism: underground Soviet films to be shown in London

If you are in London and you love experimental and bizarre cinema, join us for the event dedicated to Necrorealism, the most shocking art and cinema movement of the late Soviet era. An exquisitely disturbing selection of short films will be screened, followed by a discussion, drinks and music.

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The 7th Russian Film Festival in London: Afterword

The London Lion Award – the highest prize of the 7th Russian Film Festival – was awarded to WINTER JOURNEY, a film repressed in Russia on the basis of ‘gay propaganda’ law.

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The 7th Russian Film Festival in London: Afterword

The London Lion Award – the highest prize of the 7th Russian Film Festival – was awarded to WINTER JOURNEY, a film repressed in Russia on the basis of ‘gay propaganda’ law.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Betrayal / Измена (2012)

When a cardiologist, having attached sensors to her patient’s chest, casually informs him that their spouses are having an affair with each other, the viewer is invited to step into a weird, dreamlike universe of Kirill Serebrennikov’s latest film Betrayal / Измена.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Betrayal / Измена (2012)

When a cardiologist, having attached sensors to her patient’s chest, casually informs him that their spouses are having an affair with each other, the viewer is invited to step into a weird, dreamlike universe of Kirill Serebrennikov’s latest film Betrayal / Измена.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Pipeline / Труба (2013)

Pipeline, the latest film by the renowned Russian documentary film-maker Vitaly Mansky (Anatomy of t.A.T.u., 2003; Virginity, 2008), follows the course of the Trans-Siberian gas pipeline from secluded parts of Asian Russia into the heart of Europe.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Pipeline / Труба (2013)

Pipeline, the latest film by the renowned Russian documentary film-maker Vitaly Mansky (Anatomy of t.A.T.u., 2003; Virginity, 2008), follows the course of the Trans-Siberian gas pipeline from secluded parts of Asian Russia into the heart of Europe.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Winter Journey / Зимний путь (2013)

Winter Jouney is a deeply intimist – therefore narratively unconventional – film, with multiple themes that are subtly hinted. As if it was Schubert’s lied, the story is not as important as the emotions triggered by an extraordinary acting and a powerful atmosphere.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Winter Journey / Зимний путь (2013)

Winter Jouney is a deeply intimist – therefore narratively unconventional – film, with multiple themes that are subtly hinted. As if it was Schubert’s lied, the story is not as important as the emotions triggered by an extraordinary acting and a powerful atmosphere.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Bite the Dust / Отдать концы (2013)

In Taisia Igumentseva’s Bite the Dust, a small village community is shaken by the news of the coming apocalypse. In 24 hours the comet will wipe out 90% of the earth population, and the villagers gather together at the banquet table.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Bite the Dust / Отдать концы (2013)

In Taisia Igumentseva’s Bite the Dust, a small village community is shaken by the news of the coming apocalypse. In 24 hours the comet will wipe out 90% of the earth population, and the villagers gather together at the banquet table.

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